Communication Access Awards


We aspire to a society in Aotearoa New Zealand, where everyone understands what communication accessibility is.  Talking about it, celebrating it, and letting people know when they are getting it right will bring our vision to life!

Communication is the most fundamental of human capacities and a basic human right.  People need to be able to communicate to fulfil their social, educational, emotional, and vocational potential.

Communication access is about creating communication ramps to ensure people can participate fully in their whānau, communities, workplaces, and schools and be fully involved in decisions affecting all aspects of their lives.

NZSTA invites nominations to the Communication Access Awards.  Awards entries close annually on 31 October.

Please email if you have any questions.


Here’s how to enter. 

  1. Does the organisation or individual demonstrate the principles of communication accessibility?

Review the criteria that nominations that the judges will use to assess:

  • attitude
  • awareness and knowledge
  • competency
  • information
  • environmental factors.

The nomination form describes the principles.

  1. Review the resources to help identify and develop communication accessibility

Make your communications accessible

What is communication access?

NZSTA communication access checklist

Ten top tips for communication access in health

Consumer five top tips

  1. Make a nomination

The judges will appreciate all the information you can provide.

Nomination Form